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Board Chair of HART Resigns, Cites Personal Reasons


Tobias Martyn, board chair of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, is resigning for what he says are personal reasons.

HART made the announcement Friday afternoon in a press release. Martyn was appointed to the HART Board in 2018 and became chair a year later.

Martyn’s term was set to end on January 2023. The existing board will meet later this month to choose a replacement member.

State and city lawmakers have criticized Martyn and the HART board for its procurement process—after offering Colleen Hanabusa, a former HART board chair, a lucrative lobbyist position earlier this year.

That deal was valued at nearly $1 million over a 6-year term. Hanabusa turned down the position, opting for a volunteer position on the board.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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